Coast Guard Suspends Search for Westport Fisherman

SEATTLE — The Coast Guard suspended the active search for a fisherman that fell overboard from a commercial fishing vessel approximately eight miles northwest of the Queets River, Wash., Wednesday.

The search involved Coast Guard air and boat crews from Air Station Astoria, Ore., Small Boat Station Grays Harbor, in Westport, Wash., and other commercial fishing vessels in the area, covering more than 91 square miles during a period of more than seven hours.

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The Coast Guard suspends a case with great care and deliberation. Only after a probable search area is saturated with a maximum number of assets, resources and crew efforts, and persons in distress are not located, the decision is made to suspend a case.

The Coast Guard can resume a search if credible information is received that the persons reported missing have survive